2014: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveils the first of 78 new light rail cars for its expanding Metro Rail system.
The base order of 78 rail cars is augmented after Metro exercised an option to purchase an additional 97 vehicles for a total cost of $730 million, largely funded by Measure R.
All cars in the base order of 78 are destined for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa, and to the Metro Expo line Phase II extension to Santa Monica. The option cars will be used on the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Metro Blue Line. The cars are tested on the Metro Green Line as well.
El Segundo-based Kinkisharyo international, the U.S. arm of Kinki Sharyo Co. LTD of Osaka Japan, was awarded a contract by Metro in August 2012. The rail cars are partially constructed in Japan and shipped to Kinkisharyo’s facility in Palmdale for final assembly in compliance with Buy America contract provisions.